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Programme

From Trauma to Protection: the twentieth century as the children's century

University of Warwick, 19-20 April 2018

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THURSDAY 19 APRIL 2018


09.45 – Arrivals, tea and coffee, registration

10.15 – Welcome and Opening remarks

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10.30-12.00 – PANEL 1 – Children, Trauma and Genocide: the Holocaust/Shoah and Rwanda

*The organisers gratefully acknowledge financial support for this panel received from the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah*

Chair/discussant: Laura Hobson Faure (Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Antoine Burgard (Manchester) – ‘“Very few actual children”: Holocaust child-survivors, migration and the definition of parenthood’

Zoé Grumberg (Sciences Po, Paris) – ‘The Commission Centrale de l’Enfance within the Union des Juifs pour la Résistance et l’Entraide’

Juliette Bour (Sciences Po, Paris) – ‘Young girls in the Butare prefecture’s refugee camp: rape as a genocidal weapon, April-July 1994’

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12.00-12.15 – Break, tea and coffee

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12.15 – KEYNOTE LECTURE

Chair: Camille Mahé (Sciences Po/Warwick)

Manon Pignot (Picardie-Jules Verne)'Childhood and adolescence at war: new sources and new questions for a new field of research'

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13.15-14.15 – Lunch

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14.15 – PANEL 2 – Children’s War Experiences and War Memories

Chair: Mathew Thomson (Warwick)

Emily Gallagher (Australian National University/Università Ca' Foscari Venezia) – 'Playing at War: children's imaginative war play in Australia during the First World War'

Camille Mahé (Sciences Po/Warwick) – 'French children facing World War II violence'

Chelsea Sambells (Edinburgh) – ‘Agency, sabotage, exploitation: Nazi Infighting over the Belgian Child Evacuations to Switzerland in the Second World War’

Vicky Kaisidou (Birmingham) – ‘Remembering, Forgetting, Forgiving: The afterlives of Queen Frederica’s Camps in Greek Cultural Output (1980-2015)’

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16.15 – Break, tea and coffee

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16.30 – PANEL 3 – Campaigning: about, for and with children

Chair: Jenny Crane (Warwick)

Jonathan Taylor (Oxford) – ‘Child protection in an era of “Public Service Sensationalism”, friends or foes? Child welfare and the popular press in England, 1933-1970’

Jonathan Reinarz and Shane Ewen (Birmingham/Leeds Beckett) – ‘“These are Birmingham, not Belsen”: the use of shock and horror in children’s burns prevention campaigns in post-Second World War Britain’

Hannah J Elizabeth (LSHTM) – ‘Rethinking AIDS as a “family disease” and meeting the emotional needs of HIV-affected children in Britain, 1985-1997'

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19.30 – Conference dinner, Dining room, Arden Centre

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FRIDAY 20 APRIL 2018


09:45– PANEL 4 – Voice, Agency and Processes of Retrieval

Chair: Zoé Grumberg (Sciences Po, Paris)

Eve Colpus (Southampton) – ‘Children, the telephone helpline and the meaning of “speak” in late-twentieth-century Britain’

Andrew Burchell (Warwick) – ‘Adolescent children reading and writing about discipline in twentieth-century Britain’

Lydia Hadj-Ahmed (Rouen) – ‘Life as a child during a war of decolonisation: the case of “Algerian” children in the War of Independence (1954-1962)’

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11:15 – Break, tea and coffee

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11:30 – PANEL 5 – Children’s Voices and Institutional Interactions

Chair: Jonathan Reinarz (Birmingham)

Annie Skinner (Oxford Brookes) – ‘“I don’t know what they took me away for … I didn’t think I had done anything wrong”: Narratives of children in care between 1882-1899’

Michael Lambert (Liverpool) – ‘From “families in trouble” to “children at risk”: moving narratives of expertise in decision-making concerning “problem families” in post-war Britain, 1945-74’

Faith Gordon (Westminster) – ‘Media Constructions of Children and Young People Navigating Transition from Conflict in Northern Ireland’

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13.00– Lunch

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14.00 – PANEL 6 – Legal Responses: trauma and the treatment of child abuse offences in law

Chair: Andrew Burchell (Warwick)

Kim Stevenson (Plymouth) – ‘The credibility gap: the objectification of child victims of sexual abuse, 1880-1980’

Kate Gleeson (Macquarie) – ‘From private harm to public remedy: changing responses to child sexual abuse, 1980-2018’

Sinéad Ring (Kent) – ‘Historical child sexual abuse, trauma and the nation’s duty to remember: reflections from Ireland’

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15:30 – Closing remarks

Tea and coffee

Children looking up in war damaged surroundings. Caen, c.1944

War damage. Caen, c.1944


Images (from top): Children looking up in war-damaged surroundings, Caen, c.1944; War damage, Caen, c.1944. AD/14 5Fi 6/14, Archives Départementales du Calvados